To say the offseason and camp for the New England Patriots have been interesting would be an understatement. Alleged issues between coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady is front and center in the news, Julian Edelman's troubles with a PED scandal didn't help matters, and a rumored trade of tight end Rob Gronkowski had the media in a stir when everyone thought he'd been traded, only to hear rumors Brady had squashed the trade dead in its tracks. So, to see arguably the best QB in football teasing a time frame for his eventual retirement is just another moment that will go down as one of the wackiest gaps between Patriot seasons.
ESPN shared a statement on Instagram Brady made to Oprah Winfrey about his career winding down. They wrote that Brady was "seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later." Of course, the post got all sorts of attention and fans flooded the comments sections with everything from hoping the news wasn't true to asking what he meant by his comments. In an effort to either answer the question or perhaps stir the pot further, Brady himself commented on the post writing, "Cuarenta y cinco," which translates from Spanish to 45.
Brady thinking he might retire at the age of 45 is not completely new news. He'd always talked about being in his 40's when he hung up the cleats and more specifically suggested his mid-40's which he now is specifying might mean literally 45 years old. He once told ESPN's Ian O'Connor, "If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don't see why I wouldn't want to continue."
Brady is known as a machine when it comes to his ability to stay focused and regimented on nutrition and healthy living, with the sole purpose of playing in the NFL as long as possible, he enlisted the help of body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero. He's so devoted to his new nutrition, part of the potential issues between Belichick and Brady could be the coach's inability to bring in a new quarterback as Brady ages and becomes less effective but still a fan favorite.
Already 40 and soon to be 41, Brady has suggested not ruling out playing until he's 50. That would be almost unimaginable in today's NFL, but if anyone could do it, perhaps Brady could.